As we were just discussing, the White House banned reporters from the New York Times, CNN, and Politico from this past Friday’s scheduled briefing with Sean Spicer. At the time, the administration assured us that it was nothing out of the ordinary, and that we shouldn’t read too much into it. Audio just released from the private press event, however, tells a different story. In it, the White House Press Secretary can be heard telling those journalists that were allowed into the room why their associates had been kept out. “We’re going to aggressively push back,” he said. “We’re just not going to sit back and let, you know, false narratives, false stories, inaccurate facts get out there.” The following audio comes by way of Politico.
As for why this is happening right now, I hope to post more later tonight, but, for the time being, let’s just say that Dan Rather was probably onto something last night when he told Chris Matthews that a lot of this is a “very calculated smokescreen” meant to draw attention away from stories about Trump’s Russian connections.